Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Opus 2011-97, Basic Beliefs: Original Sin

Everyone will admit that there is something wrong with the world.  You may think it is the liberals, public schools, fluoride, or your mother in law.  As I have stated before, Thomas Sowell talks about the Constrained and Unconstrained visions.  Victor Davis Hanson talks about the Tragic and the Therapeutic.  Christians trace the problem back to the nature of man.  We are the problem.  It comes under different titles:  Sinful nature, Sin nature, Original Sin, Depravity and I am sure there are others.

The concept goes back to the Garden of Eden.  In the Garden Adam and Eve sinned against God by eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  From that time on all human beings are believed to be born with a tendency to selfishness and rebellion toward God.  It is more obvious in some than in others but it exists in everyone.  The only hope is the cleansing that comes from the Blood of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.  In this sense Jesus is called the New Adam.  He undid what Adam caused.
(1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV)  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Original sin is at the root of everything that is wrong in our world.

The problem goes beyond man and into the natural world.

Sin brings death.  We live in a world that is constantly dying.  Dead animals and plants decompose back into the soil.  Food is destroyed by tiny organisms.  Bodies age and are ravaged by disease.  All because of sin.
(Romans 8:22 KJV)  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
There is a picture we are given of what the world will be like on the New Earth. 
(Isaiah 65:25 KJV)  The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
Until such time we will continue to deal with the problem of sin.  No psychology will fix it.  Education will not blot it out.  Time will not heal.  The only cure for this evil is found in Jesus.

Now you know.  You are welcome.

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